BATON ROUGE, La. — Billy Cannon, the lone Heisman Trophy winner in LSU football history, died Sunday morning at the age of 80.
And even though several generations have passed and the world has changed dramatically since Cannon last played for the Tigers in 1959, his influence on LSU history is not lost on the current crop of Tigers.
Multiple LSU players and figures took to Twitter on Sunday to pay tribute to Cannon, who won the 1959 Heisman Trophy and was an integral part of LSU’s first national championship in 1958.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron
Billy Cannon was LSU football through and through. He was a legend. He will be missed and never forgotten.
— Coach Ed Orgeron (@Coach_EdOrgeron) May 20, 2018
Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice
Damn RIP Mr. Billy Cannon. It was for sure an honor to soak up everything we’ve talked about over the years! You’re one of the greatest in LSU history! Rest of GOAT✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/LjY4Cy2Fw9
— 5⃣ (@DhaSickest) May 20, 2018
Former LSU offensive lineman Kevin Mawae
— Kevin Mawae (@KevinMawae) May 20, 2018
LSU inside linebacker Devin White
God gained a humble angel. Many accolades that he accomplished during his time at LSU was amazing, but the character that Mr.Cannon showed was unbelievable. Prayers to the entire LSU & Cannon FAMILY #20 pic.twitter.com/l3JzJmD0p4
— DEVIN WHITE 4️⃣0️⃣ (@DevinWhite__40) May 20, 2018
LSU outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson
— K’Lavon Chaisson (@WhosThatGuy4) May 20, 2018
Former LSU running back Jacob Hester
An absolute legend. Billy Cannon was one of the greatest to ever put on a Tigers uniform. I always enjoyed my conversations with him and appreciated him taking the time to talk football with me. I’m beyond grateful to have met him. Rest In Peace #20. https://t.co/vBzElRy6fJ
— Jacob Hester (@JacobHester22) May 20, 2018
Former LSU running back Kevin Faulk
RIP Mr Cannon, a great football player but a even better person. Thanks for the opportunity to get too know you an call you a friend…#20
— K. Feezy (@feezy_k) May 20, 2018
Former LSU baseball pitcher/No. 1 MLB draft pick Ben McDonald
When I was a kid I use to listen to an old record of Bill Cannon on my record player…it was from 1959 when #3 @OleMissFB played #1 @LSUfootball on Halloween nite in Tiger Stadium. Cannon would run a punt back 89 Yards for a touchdown in front of 67,500 fans, it gave me goose pic.twitter.com/ZpYWwcM8f6
— Ben McDonald (@realbenmcdonald) May 20, 2018
Jacksonville Jaguars receiver DJ Chark
— DJ Chark (@DJChark82) May 20, 2018
U.S. Congressman Steve Scalise
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) May 20, 2018
SEC Network host Paul Finebaum
If you are putting together a group of the most iconic and influential football players in the history of the SEC, Billy Cannon is easily sitting on the front row. #20
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) May 20, 2018
Re-live Billy Cannon’s ‘Halloween run’ against Ole Miss
This old news reel footage captures what is arguably the most iconic single play in LSU football history — an 89-yard punt return that led the Tigers to a 7-3 win over No. 3 Ole Miss on Halloween night of 1959.